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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE FELT BOARD STORY AND MOVIE TRAILER COMING SOON TO THEATRES!!

Where the Wild Things are....Coming to the theatre October 16, 2009!!







Our Felt Board Story to go along with your favorite book: Where the Wild Things are!
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Sunday, March 29, 2009

FREE LEGOLAND & SEA LIFE AQUARIUM COUPONS

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

PLAY MARBLES WITH YOUR KIDS ~ SUPER FUN MARBLE GAMES

I have some of my best memories of a kid playing marbles. I recently got my kids a set and they spent hours playing it! They had such a good time!! Here are some games you can play with your kids!!

Spanners

A simple capturing game for two players. The first sends forth a marble. The second shoots to hit it and capture it. However, if his marble stops within a span of the opponents marble he still takes it. A span is the distance between the spread thumb and forefinger of the biggest hand available. If he is unsuccessful, play passes to his opponent, who in turn tries to capture his marble.

One Step

This game is played like Dobblers except that a player takes one step and throws his TAW from a standing position when making his first shot. Subsequent throws are also made from the standing position but without taking a step. A successful throw entitles the player to another throw from the spot where the THAW lies.

Picking Plums

For a small number of players. A straight line is drawn on the ground and each player contributes one or more marbles, which are placed in a row on the line about 2 marbles widths apart. Another parallel line is then drawn about 6 feet away. Players stand behind this second line and take it in turns to shoot at the line of marbles (plums). A shot which knocks a plum out of line entitles the player to the plum, but not to a second shot. Play continues until all plums are picked.

Archboard

For this game a piece of board is required with 7 or 9 arches cut in it. The central arch is numbered 0 and the other arches increase in value to the outside of the board , ie. 3,2,1,0,1,2,3. One player is made bridgekeeper, the other shoot marbles at the arches from a distance of 4 feet to 5 feet. Those who fail to pass through an arch are taken by the bridgekeeper. For every successful shot the bridgekeeper mus pay the shooter the corresponding number of marbles, the same size as the one shot, to the number written above the arch through which the marble passed. A marble passing through the centre arch marked 0 is returned to the shooter with no reward. Every player should take his turn at keeping the bridge.

Bounce About

This game, for two to four players, is played by throwing marbles and not shooting them. Medium sized marbles are best suited for the game and are called "Bouncers". The first player throws his bouncer forward about 5 feet. The second player throws his to try and hit it. The third player throws to try and hit either one on the ground and so on. If a bouncer is hit the owner must pay the successful thrower one marble. Bouncers are generally not forfeited.

Bounce Eye

A circle 1 foot in diameter is marked on the ground. Each player puts one marble in a pool in the center of the circle. The players take it in turns to stand over the circle and drop a marble from eye level into the pool of marbles. Any marbles knocked out of the ring become the property of the player. If a player fails to capture any marbles with a drop, the marble he has dropped remains in the pool. The game continues until the pool is dry.

Conqueror

This game is similar to "Bounce about" but the marbles are shot and any size of marbles may be used and by any number of players. An order of play is decided. The first player throws forward a marble to whatever distance he chooses. He will generally choose the distance at which he personally shoots with the greatest accuracy. The next player then hoots at his marble. If he hits it he captures it and it becomes his property. He then throws our a new marble to restart the game. If he misses it however, his marble remains in the field. The third player then shoots at either marble, capturing whatever he hits, but leaving his marble in the field if he misses.

Die Shot

A die is balanced on a marble which has been ground down slightly for stability. As in Archboard, players take it in turns to be the keeper of the die. Any player wishing to have a shot pays the keeper one marble. He then shoots at the a target from a predetermined distance. He musts pay one marble for each shot he makes. If a player knocks the die off the marble with his shot, he receives from the keeper the number of marbles corresponding to the number shown uppermost on the die.

Dobblers

A game for any small number of players. Each player contributes one or more marbles to a straight line of marbles spaced so that their is room for two marbles to pass through the gaps. Each player then shoots in turn and may keep any marbles he hits. The players TAW remains where it lies at the end of his turn and subsequent turns are played from where the TAW lies. A player whose TAW is hit by another TAW must add one marble to the line.

(a TAW is a shooter marble)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

OUR FIRST BLOG AWARD!!

Wow! We are so honored and humble to accept our first blog award!! We were so happy that it came from our favorite blogger...... who we look up to in the blogging world.....CanCan at Mom Most traveled!!

Thank you so much to Mom Most Traveled for all the wonderful things you have said about Glitterful Felt Stories and your continued support!

" Glitterful Felt Stores, because Shelby has boundless enthusiasm and creativity" ~ Mom Most Traveled



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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

MAKE SIDEWALK CHALK FROM RECYCLED EGG SHELLS ~ HOMEMADE EGG SHELL SIDEWALK CHALK!!

With Earth Day & Easter coming soon, we will all be using lots of Eggs! We also want to promote recycling with our children! Instead of purchasing sidewalk chalk....why not make your own!!

We also have a super fun Recycle, Reduce, Reuse Felt Board Story that you can use with your children while doing this fun project! You can purchase it below!!

Have Fun!!

INGREDIENTS:
  • 12 clean eggshells

  • 1 teaspoon very hot water

  • 1 teaspoon flour

  • Food Coloring (if you want colored chalk)


DIRECTIONS:

  • You will want to clean all the egg shells and let them dry overnight on a paper towel

  • You will want to grind the egg shells until they are a fine powder. You can use a clean bowl and clean rock if you do not have a grinder. Make sure and remove any chunks that would not grind. (It is important that the result is a fine powder)

  • Mix the flour and hot water in a bowl and mix until it is a paste. Then add 1 Tbl. of egg shell powder and mix well

  • Shape and roll the mixture into the shape of chalk

  • Let dry on a paper towel for about three days!

  • Have fun making pictures on Easter with your own chalk made from Recycled Sidewalk chalk!!

Recycle, Reduce, Reuse Felt Board Story and Song Set!

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Friday, March 20, 2009

LET'S HELP SUPPORT AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH!!

The Autism Society of America and Pump It Up, and Indoor-playground franchise, are hosting "Autism Nights" at locations around the country so that children with autism and their families can gather on a regular basis and socialize while having fun and improving motor skills.

Go to http://www.pumpitupparty.com/ to find one near you. In honor of Autism Awareness month, many facilities are also hosting "Bounce for Autism" events in April. (check http://www.bounceforautism.org/) to raise money for research and to help families living with autism get the support they need!
We will be there at our local event to help this important cause!!

THE STORY OF EASTER FELT BOARD STORY

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Happy Easter!!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

WIN A $25.00 GLITTERFUL FELT STORIES GIFT CERTIFICATE!!

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Monday, March 16, 2009

HAPPY ST. PATRICKS DAY ~ SUPER FUN ST. PATRICKS DAY ACTIVITIES FOR YOUR CHILDREN

HAPPY ST. PATRICKS DAY!!


Today is going to be a super fun day for my kids! They are so excited to try and catch a leprechaun so he will have to show them his gold!! Here are some of the fun things we are going to do and hope everyone has a lot of fun with their kids!!


  • We made a super fun Leprechaun trap! (See the video below!)

  • I am leaving gold chocolate coins all around the house for when they wake-up!

  • We put green food coloring in the toilet.....because the leprechaun had to go to the bathroom!

  • I died our milk green!!

  • I made green bagels and cream cheese for breakfast....and green cookies for their lunches!! For dinner I am making green tortellini with pesto sauce!

  • This year I am going to leave a green kiss on their foreheads!?!? We will see how that works in the morning!! :)

  • We are also going to go on a leprechaun hunt after school (See song below!)

Have fun! Post any fun things you are going to do with your kids today!!
Happy St. Patricks Day!!



Go On A Leprechaun Hunt Song
(Similar to Going on a Bear Hunt)


Going on a leprechaun hunt. I'm not afraid.
Let's go! Oh. look! I see a grassy field.
Can't go around it. Can't go under it. Can't go over it. Let's go through it.
Let's go! Swish, swish, swish, swish.
Oh, look! I see a giant tree.
Can't go over it. Can't go under it. Can't go through it. Let's climb it.
Let's go! Climb, climb, climb.
Oh, look! I see a river.
Can't go over it. Can't go around it. Can't go under it. Let's Swim it.
Let's go. Swim, swim, swim.
Oh, look! I see a dark cave.
Can't go around it. Can't go under it. Can't go over it. Let's tiptoe into it.
Let's go. Tippy, tippy, toe.
It's really dark in here. Better turn on my flashlight.
Oh, no. I see something!
It's mean! It's green! It's a leprechaun! Let's go!
Run! Run! Swim! Swim! Climb! Climb! Swish! Swish!
Whew...safe at home again.


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ESTABLISH A STORYTIME WITH YOUR CHILD ~ FELT STORIES


  • Choose books with rhyme, repetition, and simple vocabulary, as well as interesting stories and colorful illustrations. Books help beginning readers develop a lifetime love of reading.

  • Point to the words as you read them out loud. Read with expression, and change your voice to imitate characters

  • Involve your child in the story by asking him or her to identify and count characters and objects, express his or her opinion, and repeat significant phrases. Your child can also help by selecting the book and turning the pages

  • Use props such as felt board stories to help make story time more interactive.

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Andrew reading a story and using Glitterful Felt Stories Props:




Sunday, March 15, 2009

ANDREW GOES CAMPING ON THE USS MIDWAY AIRCRAFT CARRIER

My son and my husband went on a camping trip this weekend on the USS Midway aircraft carrier. This is one of many father son trips that have gone on this year. It was a trip hosted through the YMCA Y-Guides.

Get to know your kid, while your kid is still a kid! As the parent of a young child, you have the tremendous opportunity to get to know your kid, while your kid is still a kid! Whether you have one child or multiple, spending quality one-on-one time with your child will create memories that will last a lifetime. This father son program through the YMCA is a wonderful opportunity to do this!

To learn more about your local Y-guide program contact your local YMCA.


Control Tower

The Bunk Beds where and Andrew and my husband got to sleep
Andrew in jail

Top Gun




MY FAVORITE ST. PATRICKS DAY PRESCHOOL SONGS

I'm a Little Leprechaun
(I'm a little teapot)

I'm a little leprechaun
Dressed in green,
The tiniest man
That you ever seen
If you ever catch me, it is told,
I'll give you my pot of gold


Do your Ears Point Up?

Do your ears point up? (Pull on tops of ears.)
Do you have a lot of luck? (Cross fingers.)
For gold do you dig? (Pretend to dig.),
Can you dance an Irish dance? (Pretend to dance.)
If you answered, "Yes," (Nod head.)
You're a leprechaun, I'd guess! (Wink eye.)


St. Patrick's Day Song

(If You're Happy and You Know It)


If you're wearing green today, dance around,
If you're wearing green today, dance around,
If you're wearing green today,
Dance around, then smile and say,
"Have a very Happy St. Patrick's Day"

(Then add these verses)
"If you're wearing green today, clap your hands"
"If you're wearing green today, spin around"
"If you're wearing green today, stamp your feet"
"If you're wearing green today, Jump up and down"
"If you're wearing green today, shout Hooray!"

Saturday, March 14, 2009

MAKE YOU SHOPPING TRIP FUN WITH YOUR KIDS!!

We all know that taking your children to the grocery store can be a challenging experience...especially with three! Here are some ideas that I use to make my grocery shopping trip with my kids a learning adventure!

  • Ask your child to count the number of items on your grocery list, the number of people in line, or the number of items in your shopping cart
  • Encourage your child to compare items by size, shape and color. For example: ask your child which item in your cart is the biggest.
  • Have your child identify the beginning letter of each item
  • Ask your child to pronounce the beginning sound of each item. Then ask your child to think of another word that begins with that letter
  • At home, have your child group the items in different ways. For instance, he or she can group items by color, beginning letter sound, price, or where they are stored (refrigerator, cupboard, freezer, etc.)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL "GOT THE MOVES" DANCE MAT GIVEAWAY!!

Welcome 2009 Blog Party Moms!!
High School Musical Dance Mat Giveaway!!

March 12th- March 31st


Does your child love to dance? Love to sing? Love High School Musical? You have an opportunity to win this super fun High School Musical "Got the Moves" Dance Mat!


It has four of your favorite songs and three levels of difficulty!

Easy to follow light on the console - no looking behind you!

Different levels of difficulty for Beginner, Star and Superstar!

Music right from the movie!!



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WORDLESS WEDNESDAY PICTURE

Ella's Funky Hair Style in the bath!

Monday, March 9, 2009

MULTICULTURAL PEOPLE NOW AVAILABLE WITH OUR FELT STORIES!!

We are all alike....Yet we are all different!!



We now offer Multicultural dolls with all our felt stories!! We have found that children can relate to characters in the stories if the character looks similar to them! It is also a wonderful opportunity to introduce your children to a different ethnicity.


Available now on our website!!


KINDERGARTEN SKILLS CHECKLIST

Here is a wonderful developmental skills checklist that you can use to records and assess your child's progress as they go into Kindergarten. I used this checklist when I was a teacher and I would record the dates next to the skills after the child mastered it!



Basic Skills:


  • Names Basic Colors

  • Names Simple Shapes

  • Identifies Opposites

  • Understands positional concepts

  • Names days of the week in order

Reading Readiness



  • Follows multiple-step directions

  • Recited the alphabet

  • Identifies uppercase letters in random order

  • Identifies lowercase letters in random order

  • Matches uppercase and lowercase letters

  • Identifies sounds made by letters

  • Identifies characters in stories

  • Can retell a story

  • Identifies problem/solution in a story

  • Reads color words

  • Reads some words by sight

Math Skills



  • Counts objects to 20

  • Writes numbers to 20

  • Identifies numbers to 20 in random order

  • Counts by 10's to 100

  • Uses ordinal numbers

  • Reads a graph

  • Identifies and continues established patterns

Writing Skills



  • Dictates a sentence about a picture

  • Writes from left to right

  • leaves spaces between words

  • Writes some words independently

  • Writes own sentences using sounds

  • Uses punctuation in sentences

Small Motor Skills



  • Colors within the lines

  • Draws shapes

  • Holds a pencil

  • Prints letters and numbers

  • Cuts a line with scissors

Sunday, March 8, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DR. SEUSS

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!

Drawing of Dr. Seuss By Andrew Barone 3/09


In Celebration of Dr. Seuss's Birthday my son's school decorated cereal boxes to represent their favorite Dr. Seuss Book. Andrew picked out his favorite....Ten Apples Up On Top!


Together we cut and decorated the felt to make this super cute cereal box! His school donated all the cereal boxes to a local food bank! This was the funnest project Andrew and I have done together!


Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!






The Back of his cereal box

The Front Of the Cereal Box

CANDY STUCK IN THE HAIR!

Well....I knew this would happen to one of my kids eventually and last week it did!!

I took Ella to the doctor's office to get her Kindergarten shots. They were both enjoying a yummy lollipop when I put them into their car seats. After shots I love to take the kids for a yummy ice cream cone to make the ouch feel better. Well, Tyler was walking around the ice cream shop when I realized that his lollipop was stuck in his cute blonde hair!! I tried to untangle it, but it was too sticky and officially stuck!!

He was having a blast walking around showing everyone his stuck lollipop. It took a lot of soaking it to finally get it out, and I wrapped it in plastic to save in his baby book!
Enjoy the pictures!!











Wednesday, March 4, 2009

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY PICTURE

Captain Jack Sparrow Stuck in a Basketball Hoop!!

This was Andrew at Ella's 5th Birthday party this past weekend! Andrew has the funniest personality, and loves to do tricks! I will upload some more pictures from Ella's party later this week!!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

EGG SHELL ART PROJECT ~ FUN EASTER ART PROJECT

Egg Shell Art

Supplies Needed:

  • Some Broken Cleaned Egg Shells

  • Water

  • White Vinegar

  • Egg Dye disks

  • Paper

  • Glue

Directions:

  1. Clean your egg shells and let dry overnight

  2. Mix 1/2 cup of water with 3 Tbl. of Vinegar. Then add the egg dye disk.

  3. Add the egg shells and let them soak for about 5 minutes

  4. Drain the egg shells with a slotted spoon and let dry on a paper towel for about five minutes

  5. Let the children glue the colored egg shells on a piece of construction paper


Monday, March 2, 2009

TEACHING CHILDREN DETERMINATION!! EGG CRACKING FUN!!

Materials Needed:
1 dozen eggs and a mixing bowl

Cracking eggs without breaking the yolk or getting egg whites all over your hands takes practice.
  1. Show your children how you break an egg into a bowl. Ask them....How did I hold my hands? How did I pull the egg apart?
  2. Now let your children try! Ask them....Did you do a perfect job the first time? Keep trying until you begin to feel comfortable about cracking eggs.
  3. Use the eggs to make something fun with your children like scrambled eggs or a yummy egg omelet. Refrigerate any unused eggs for up to three days

  4. What did you teach your children? Determination!! If at first you don't succeed, try, try again!





GLITTERFUL FELT STORIES is CELEBRATING "EGG WEEK!!"

We are going to be spending the week learning about eggs!! Why eggs? You might ask? Well, there is so many super fun activities that you can do with eggs. With Easter coming soon eggs are at a great price in the market!! We will be posting lots of fun videos and activities using Eggs!!
Let's have an Egg-tastic Week!!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

FREE ELMO DVD AND BOOK PROMOTION!!


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EXCITING CHILDREN'S SCIENCE PROJECTS

FUN PRESCHOOL ARTS AND CRAFTS

FAST AND EASY RECIPES FOR MOMMIES

CHILDREN'S RECIPES

Make Sidewalk Chalk From Recycled Egg Shells (03/09)

Make your own Rainbow Crayons (01/09)

Bake Cinnamon Ornament Recipe (12/08)

Crystals on a String (12/08)

No Bake Cinnamon Ornament Recipe (12/08)

Snow Painting (12/08)

Peppermint Playdough Recipe (12/08)

Holiday Windowpane Recipe (11/08)

Make your own Fingerpaint Recipe (11/08)

RECIPES FOR MOMMIES

Mexican Taco Skillet (05/09)

Eggplant, Spinach & Tomato Lasagna (09/09)

FUN PRESCHOOL SONGS, FINGERPLAY'S AND CRAFTS

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Happy Singing!!


Happy New Year Preschool Songs and Fingerplays (01/09)

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